ABMU takes the lead on digital transformation
Health boards across Wales should follow ABMU’s lead by recognising the importance of digital inclusion when giving patients access to services online. That’s according to a new independent report which looks at how the internet is an increasingly vital tool in keeping people healthy.
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North Wales barbers to receive mental health training in bid to cut male suicide
Barbers across North Wales will be given a helping hand to save lives while giving a ‘short back and sides’ as part of new drive to raise awareness of men’s mental health and the male suicide rate. Groomers from across the region are set to receive training to spot the warning signs of mental health problems in their customers, along with best practice guidance on how to listen, give helpful advice, and signpost to support services. Launching on International Men’s Day (Monday 19th November), the initiative aims to raise awareness of the avoidable tragedy of male suicide, which is the biggest killer of men under 45 in North Wales, and across the UK.
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Arts in Health Strategy
The creative arts can offer a powerful contribution to the experience of patients in care settings but, more importantly to a person’s wellbeing. There is an ever-growing body of evidence that demonstrates the benefits of the arts in health and social care settings.
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Leg club launch
Nursing staff are taking a wound clinic into the community as part of a new Leg Club in the Rhondda. The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation supports leg clubs around the UK with the aim of providing community-based treatment, and care for people of all age groups who suffer with leg-related problems. The first leg club in the Cwm Taf University Health Board area has been started in Waun Wen Community Centre, Trebanog, as a prime example of a community initiative led by volunteers that helps people to stay well and support each other.
Health board approves first strategy for health and care
For the first time in its history, Hywel Dda University Health Board has an over-arching strategy, describing a vision for improving the health and well-being of its population during the next 20 years. The strategy is not solely about medical or clinical care, but is driven by emphasis on how we change culture and focus more on prevention, early intervention and community care to keep people well. It acknowledges this will only be achieved by working with partners, including local people, on all elements of life that affect our health and well-being.
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Co-production at the heart of promoting alternatives to GP primary care
A co-productive project in Powys is helping people to take advantage of the alternatives to GP primary care in their communities. Local insight told us that people in Powys found the broad channel “Choose Well” messages to be confusing. This was partly because the national messages did not always match the services available locally in a sparsely populated rural area, and this did not necessarily help them make prudent decisions about urgent care and self-care. Working with local communities – initially as a pilot in the Ystradgynlais area – Powys Teaching Health Board co-produced an approach based on “what matters” and “what works” to help more people than ever before have the opportunity to find out about services such as Eye Health Examination Wales, Choose Pharmacy, NHS 111 and Community Connectors on their doorstep.
Blue Light Services Come Together to Focus on Dementia
Emergency Services across Wales are working together to deliver better services for people living with dementia, their carers and families. The Welsh Ambulance Service, four Welsh Police forces, Fire and Rescue Services and Mountain Rescue, are often on the frontline when it comes to helping people living with dementia, and now they are coming together in a new training initiative that will ensure emergency services staff across Wales who come into contact with people affected by dementia, have the training and understanding to support them as fully as possible.
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First workplace Menopause Café in Wales launched by Velindre University NHS Trust
Velindre University NHS Trust has become the first workplace organisation in Wales to introduce a Menopause Café for staff – of all genders and ages. The concept behind the Menopause Café was the brainchild of Rachel Weiss from Rowan Consultancy who was keen to remove some of the barriers that have so often made the menopause an uncomfortable and off-limits subject for discussion for so many women and their families.
Read all about it here.